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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500K 10.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black) by Review Summary ,  Sep 20, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500K 10.1MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 72 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 12.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Zoom4.6   above average
Video4.4   average
Photo4.2   average
Size4.2   average
Image4.0   average
Screen3.9   above average
Quality3.7   below average


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Image

Image:
"The image quality is not good for a 10 megapixel camera especially for indoor shots even with image stabilisation."
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"But in my experience with the camera, a bad pic means I'm doing something wrong, and there's always a way to adjust to get a crisp, beautiful photo."
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"There are many things to like about this camera (touch-screen controls, manual overrides, large viewing screen, image stabilization, Leica lens) unfortunately image quality is not one."
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"While daylight exposures at ISO 100 or lower are OK albeit not outstanding, the noise and fuzziness of the images at higher ISO's makes the camera unusable at those settings."
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"That, or the FX-35 is a 24.5mm :)The most disappointing aspect of the FX-500 is that the images are not quite as good as the FX-35."
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"I volunteer in animal rescue so some of my subjects don't cooperate when their pic is being taken, and some have not been captured yet and are pretty far away from me."
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"The zoom pics had to be very clear and the Program Mode gets the job done for me in this situation."
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"pics from 25-80mm are very good to the edge."
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"The photo quality is nice ISO 200 or lower and reasonable up to 400."
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"Takes great wide angle pics."
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Lens

Lens:
"I had been looking for a digital camera for more than a year and was hesitant about the Canon cameras ( all my previous cameras were Canons) as their digital cameras seem to have a Lens Error problem so when I saw the Panasonic Lumix FX-500 I thought I might have found something that had just about everything I was looking for and maybe more."
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"There are many things to like about this camera (touch-screen controls, manual overrides, large viewing screen, image stabilization, Leica lens) unfortunately image quality is not one."
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"Takes great interior shots with wide angle lens."
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"Fantastic lens and microprosessor, light weight."
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"--Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes, as well as Program AE.--Extremely accurate auto-focus--Auto-focus is FAST--Depth of field is displayed right on the screen (e. g. 1.5f to 35ft)--Auto-focus is easily adjusted shot-by-shot if desired...just touch the AF point on the screen--Extra wide-angle lens perfect for landscapes and large groups."
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"The FX-35 or FX-37 will probably fix all these deficiencies for me, and since they both use the same sensor and pretty close to the same lenses, they might just fit the bill."
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"The wide angle lens is amazing, and the photos are solid."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"I had been looking for a digital camera for more than a year and was hesitant about the Canon cameras ( all my previous cameras were Canons) as their digital cameras seem to have a Lens Error problem so when I saw the Panasonic Lumix FX-500 I thought I might have found something that had just about everything I was looking for and maybe more."
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"Today I gladly received Lumix DMC-FX-500S, but was dismayed and upset that having decided to sell it as the most advanced pocket size cam on the market (e. g. manual exposure that e. g. Canon lacks) Panasonic has decided to drop zoom mode while filming (you set the zoom prior to the recording but not during it, which is outright dumm)."
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"So I'm pleased to be able to semi retire my Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ5 6.0 MP 6X optical which I began to use again when the Samsung proved to be so disappointing."
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"I would like to have a video mode like my other Lumix, but for the price, this camera is well worth it."
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"I also have very shakey hands, and love the Image Stabilization that's in all the Lumix DMC models."
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"The best Lumix that I had."
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"But looking at the results I can now say for sure you can not go wrong with any of Lumix range - mainly FX35, TZ5 or FX500.Go ahead and get it, you will not regrest it unless night photography is your major use (in which case I doubt any compact digicam would really work for you)"
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Photo

Photo:
"The camera itself is a very comfortable and easy to maneuver and has some nice features, except that what good is it if you don't get decent photos."
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"I had seen complaints online about the noise but after viewing photos taken by other FX500 owners online which didn't display much noise, I thought this was an issue that could be managed through learning to use the camera, much as with other cameras I've had before this."
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"With all its bells and whistles, and the promise of full manual settings, this camera just doesn't take good photos."
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"Takes great photos and I like the touchscreen."
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"good camera, nice features, takes good photos."
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"Great photos when very bright, a little more dull when weather is not that good."
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"I have had the camera for about a month and I have been extremely please with the quality of photos and the overall function of the camera."
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"This camera takes great photos, but I'd recommend trying it out in person first."
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Quality

Quality:
"The image quality is not good for a 10 megapixel camera especially for indoor shots even with image stabilisation."
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"the hdvideo isn't perfect, but the quality was fine for what i was using it for."
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"BUT, the thing it is missing is good picture quality."
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"There are many things to like about this camera (touch-screen controls, manual overrides, large viewing screen, image stabilization, Leica lens) unfortunately image quality is not one."
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"If I had any negatives to report, it's the same issues with other PnS cameras, we experienced some red eye, a bit of noise in the pictures and the audio quality wasn't all that great."
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"However, I have been disappointed by the poor quality of the pictures."
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"I just love it and very pleased with the quality of the pictures."
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"The photo quality is nice ISO 200 or lower and reasonable up to 400."
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"Good camera with good image quality."
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"I have had the camera for about a month and I have been extremely please with the quality of photos and the overall function of the camera."
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"DMC-TZ5 has a far superior image quality and good image stabilisation even though it is only a 9 megapixel camera."
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Screen

Screen:
"Overall not bad, nice screen."
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"Could not ask for a camera of this size to be so good.....and the 3 inch screen is the best and touch screen could not ask for more...wonderful"
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"There are many things to like about this camera (touch-screen controls, manual overrides, large viewing screen, image stabilization, Leica lens) unfortunately image quality is not one."
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"My only gripe is that the Hi Def cable should be included as the suplied A V cable degrades the picture on my 60 flat screen."
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"--Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes, as well as Program AE.--Extremely accurate auto-focus--Auto-focus is FAST--Depth of field is displayed right on the screen (e. g. 1.5f to 35ft)--Auto-focus is easily adjusted shot-by-shot if desired...just touch the AF point on the screen--Extra wide-angle lens perfect for landscapes and large groups."
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"The touch screen works well, but it's really just a gimmick that results in lots of fingerprints on the screen."
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"Touch screen is a nice plus."
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"Very pleased with view screen and battery life and overall simplicity of use especially with IE mode Highly recomend this camera"
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Size

Size:
"The camera is larger than most Panasonic models making it hard to fit in small cases."
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"Today I gladly received Lumix DMC-FX-500S, but was dismayed and upset that having decided to sell it as the most advanced pocket size cam on the market (e. g. manual exposure that e. g. Canon lacks) Panasonic has decided to drop zoom mode while filming (you set the zoom prior to the recording but not during it, which is outright dumm)."
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"I have used it for a long while and really enjoyed a small shooter I could pop out at any time and snap a quick candid."
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"I like the size as well because it is small enough to fit in my pocket, but large enough to feel sturdy and strong."
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"Excellent small camera with very good automatic mode, which actually does a very good job at determining the scene kind and picks very good exposure."
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")is borderline horrible (in comparison say to the Canon SD850IS which is an almost perfect comparison in size & specs...to the FX500 side-by-sde, picture-for-picture using the exact same settings, light and subject...)."
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Video

Video:
"Video is sub-par on this one and the audio is terrible, scratchy sounding and noisy."
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"The audio is probably the weakest part of the video experience- look to the ZS3 for superior audio... at twice the price."
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"The video is still good."
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"Video mode was great."
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"-Also the FX500 is about 2 3 the depth of the TZ5 (the extra room is needed for the bigger lense).For me it just wasn't worth the extra money for 10x zoom and video zoom, plus I wanted a high-quality camera I could carry in my pocket, and the TZ5 is supposed to be a little too bulky for that."
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"HD video looks good, but in low light it gets a little grainy."
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"The audio is probably the weakest part of the video experience- look to the ZS3 for superior audio... at twice the price."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"It is a little annoying that you have to choose the zoom level in advance, but I was happily surprised when I figured out I could zoom at all in video mode."
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"The zoom had to work for me to be able to use this camera often."
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"The zoom pics had to be very clear and the Program Mode gets the job done for me in this situation."
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"-Also the FX500 is about 2 3 the depth of the TZ5 (the extra room is needed for the bigger lense).For me it just wasn't worth the extra money for 10x zoom and video zoom, plus I wanted a high-quality camera I could carry in my pocket, and the TZ5 is supposed to be a little too bulky for that."
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"What finally decided it for me was that at the time on Amazon this camera was about $60 less than the TZ5, and every review I had read said the two cameras were pretty much the same except:-The TZ5 has a 10x optical zoom; the FX500 only has 5x."
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